Modern Era of Praetorians Council #675 Fee Book | East Texas Research Center

Collection Overview

Title: Modern Era of Praetorians Council #675 Fee BookAdd to your cart.

ID: B/75

Extent: 0.1 Linear Feet

Arrangement: One fee book (4 pages).

Date Acquired: 09/00/1984

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Fee book from 1911 showing the insurance policy and payments of six members.

Collection Historical Note

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, “The Modern Order of Praetorians was a typical fraternal insurance society similar to the Modern Woodmen of America. It was organized in 1898 by Charles B. Gardner, and admitted men and women on equal terms. In 1923 there were 599 lodges and 36,752 benefit members. As a fraternal benefit society, the Praetorians had a secret ritual in the typical fashion of fraternal orders. Local groups were known as Councils, the national governing body was called the Supreme Senate.” [1]

The organization “converted to a mutual company, The Praetorians, in 1957” and later “merged with the State Mutual Insurance Company.” [2]


Quoted directly from:

[1] “The Praetorians,” The Argus Foundation, online at (Accessed 30 June 2014).

[2] “Name and Status Changes of Fraternal Benefit Societies,” American Fraternal Alliance, online at (Accessed 30 June 2014).

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Acquisition Source: Panola County

Acquisition Method: Panola County transferred this ledger to the East Texas Research Center in 1984 with RHRD county records. A new inventory of county records at the archives "rediscovered" the ledger in 2013.

Box and Folder Listing

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Ledger 1: Modern Era of Praetorians Council #675 Fee Book, 1911Add to your cart.
The binding is very poor condition.


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